The New Earth
by Gertrude Battle (Used by permission)
- l. A New Heaven and a New Earth
- A. What has God promised to do for His people?
- To give them a new heaven and a new earth. When
we think of 'heaven' we usually think of the place where God is.
But here is a heaven that is to pass away.
- B. How many heavens are there?
2 Cor. 12:1-4
- Three. If there is a third heaven there must be a
second and a first. The third heaven is Paradise. Where is
Where the tree of life is. Where is the tree of life?
Where God is, where His throne is.
- C. Where is the first heaven?
- The atmosphere that surrounds this earth, where the birds
- D. Where is the second heaven?
- Where the sun, moon and stars are, or the stellar heavens. The
astronauts have invaded the second heaven.
- II. The Capital City - The New Jerusalem
- A. What will be the capital city of the New
- The New Jerusalem that John saw coming down from heaven at the
end of the millennium.
- B. What will be the size of the city?
- 12,000 furlongs. A furlong is 1/8 mile. 12,000 furlongs would
equal about 1500 miles. The city will be 1500 miles in
circumference. It will be four-square, or 375 miles square. Quite
a large city, but it has to hold all of God's people at one
- C. How many gates will there be, and for whom will
they be named?
- Twelve gates named for the twelve sons of Jacob or the twelve
tribes of Israel---the church before Christ. Of what are they
made? Of pearls.
The streets will be of transparent gold.
- D. How many foundations will the city have?
- Named for the twelve apostles---the church after Christ. Of
what are they made?
20 Can you imagine 375 miles of precious stones and their
reflection in the golden streets?
- E. Will the city have need of the light from the sun
- No. Why?
Rev. 21:3 ;
Because the glory of the Father and the Son will be there.
- III. The New Earth
- A. Where do we find a description of the New Earth?
- Verse 20 seems to be a little difficult to understand, but by
it being here in this particular chapter, it seems to be a contrast
picture between life on this earth as it is now, and as it will be
in the New earth. There will be no such thing as an infant dying
a few days old (R.S.V.) nor an old man who has not filled his days.
A child will perhaps take a hundred years to grow up and lose his
childhood before he develops
Mal. 4:2 into a
mature person; but here, if a man lives to be a hundred years old,
he has all the infirmities of the flesh upon him. Jacob was 77
years old when he left home. He had not even married. In the
early days of life's history, a person was just a youngster at 100
- God likens His people to trees. I understand that trees do not
die of old age. We will have a mansion in the city prepared for
us, but we will build our own country homes and grow our own food.
There will be no wild animals in the New Earth. Nothing will ever
be killed for food. It was never intended to be in the
- B. Will there be any desolate places on the earth?
- No. According to
21:1 there will be no more sea. Water covers about 3/5 of the
earth's surface, and the Sahara Desert in Africa alone covers more
territory than the whole United States. There will be much more
land space for people to live in the New Earth. There will be no
more wide oceans to separate us one from another. The whole earth
will be habitable.
- C. Will there be any more blind, lame, or deaf people
- No. Think of people like Helen Keller and others who have
never known what it is to see, hear, or walk. We should comfort
one another with these wonderful promises.
- D. Will we sleep in the New Earth?
- Yes. There will be a form of day and night in the New Earth.
It will be a sweet sleep.
- E.Will there be anything to mar our happiness in the
There will be no more funeral trains or hospitals; no need of
anything in the medical profession.
- IV. The Sabbath to be Kept in the New Earth
- A. Will we keep the Sabbath in the New Earth?
- Yes. We know why we will go up to the city every Sabbath,
but why will we go up every new moon, or once a month?
2 To partake of the fruit of the tree of life which yields its
fruit every month.
- V. Saints Inheritance
- A. Who only will enjoy all these things?
- Only those who have become Christlike in their characters.
- B. Is this just a glimpse of what is in store for us?
1 Cor. 2:9
- In the ages to come He will show us more and more of His great
and beautiful universe.
'The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he
will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will
joy over thee with singing.'
Zeph 3:17 ;
6T. 125 We should be earnestly praying that we will be among those
- This earth reminds me of a sick child who has gone through a
serious illness. While the child is ill, the whole household is
unable to function normally. The child cannot enjoy normal
pleasures, nor eat normally, because he is sick. So are we in this
poor sick old world, and God is not able to pour out His blessings
upon us as He would like to do because of this. But some day when
the Great Physician has healed us, we will be able to enjoy all the
blessings that heaven can bestow upon us.
It also reminds me of the little black sheep that strayed from the
fold. When he is found and brought back to the fold, the shepherd
rejoices over that one sheep as if it were the only one he had.
Jesus loves us, His little black sheep, so much that He will never
leave us again. He will set up His kingdom on this planet called
Earth. This will be the center of the universe.
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